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Friday, June 27, 2014

#Scandal by Sarah Ockler [Review]

Title: #Scandal
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
ISBN:  1481401246
Published: June 17,2014
Source: From Publisher for Honest Review
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Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love...

This was definitely a cute title. I LOVE the play on Social Media in this one and I couldn't get enough of it.

Let's start with Lucy, our dashing heroine who like so many of us, has been crushing on her best friend's boyfriend (slash her own other bestie) for years. Enter prom night, Lucy's best friend is sick so she chooses to live prom night vicariously through Lucy... including having her escort her boyfriend to the prom. Moral of the story; you just can't stop true love, y'all. 

This is the plot that sets things in motion and it is definitely a fun and interesting ride. After prom night there are hilarious blunders, and some not so hilarious ones, but each lead us to a realistic look at what it is like being a teen in today's high school world full of social media and smart phones.

I love how much time was spent focusing in on the power that social media has. The entire novel is based around the idea that with the press of a button, our darkest secrets can become the next #scandal.  I use social media every day, and though it has been four years since I said "goodbye" to high school the powers of it amaze me.

When I was in high school Facebook was just starting to take off. In fact, I remember telling my friends I would never get a Facebook because me and Myspace were staying together. I fell into the world just like everyone else did but now there is so much more to it!  Before blogging I never would have used Twitter, and now I hear there is kik, Ask.com, and so many others that make my head spin.

The world loves social media, especially high schooler's living in a digital age like never before.

I love that Ockler really used that love of social media and the convenience of technology to craft a great, fun and interesting read.

This contemporary is lengthy, at nearly 400 pages I read the first 200 in a blink of an eye and slowed down a bit towards the middle. This didn't affect my enjoyment though and I really think that was due more towards my own life speeding up and reading taking a punch as a result.

Overall: READ IT! Watch social media be portrayed at its worst, best, and sometimes in between. This book is perfect for summer or anyone who loves contemporaries like I do. It's cute, funny, and you have to see if you can guess who the true culprit is. I did, and I was actually really suprised.

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